Biryani is among the most traditional and conventional dishes served in Pakistan. The inclusion of Biryani in the menu adds festivity to any occasion. The traditional cuisine is a set of rice-based foods made with spices, rice, meat, fish, eggs or vegetables, but the dish has many local variants.
The name of the dish Biryani is derived from the Persian word “beryan” which means fried or roasted.
The tempting and delicious cuisine which is considered as the heart of the occasional menus has its roots in the kitchens of Muslim rulers in South Asia. Because of the immense popularity of Biryani, it is not only the most favorite food in South Asian, but also in Arabia and in Western countries. Since its inception, Biryani has been the most flavorful traditional cuisine that has always been on top on the list of Pakistani dishes.
However, with the span of time many changes and additions have been made to the original recipe according to the taste of particular region. The usual spices and condiments used in the conventional Biryani may include, ghee, nutmeg, mace, cumin, cloves, pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, bay leaves, coriander mint leaves, ginger, garlic, saffron and onions. For a typical non-vegetarian biryani, the main ingredient is the meat, which could be beef, chicken, goat, fish, lamb or shrimp.
The aroma of biryani is usually enhanced with Kewra and the color of the rice is done with either saffron or zarday ka rang. The luscious plate of Biryani tastes best when served with dahi chutney or Raita and salad. Though, Biryani is one of the oldest dishes in Pakistani cuisine, but still is considered as a significant part whenever it comes to celebrating weddings, mehndi, aqeeqa, iftari or any other function.
However, Biryani has been treated differently throughout the regions of Pakistan and sometimes confused with Pullao. While Karachitians prefer the highly spiced and zesty flavor or Biryani, people in Islamabad and Lahore satisfy their taste buds with delectable and invigorating taste of Biryani. Despite difference in the taste and flavor in various regions, either you go to elite class restaurant or a road-side food street, Biryani is a must-have for all.
In Pakistani, the mouth-watering dish of Biryani is cooked with variety of methods. Some of the different types of Biryani that should be a must-to-try in Pakistan are Hyderabadi Biryani, Sindhi Biryani, Bombay Biryani, Kacchi Biryani, Memoni Biryani, Tahari and many more. If you want to experience the true rich taste of Biryani, all you need to visit any area of Pakistan and set your taste buds to absorb the stimulating savor of the extremely popular Biryani.